October 15, 2017
Many children who struggle with learning disabilities share a common trait: anxiety over transitions. With the end of school rapidly approaching, you can minimize any concerns your child may have by preparing now for the changes that summer brings.
Think it Through
Start by assessing your child’s interests and abilities. Think not only of what he embraces, but also what he fears. Helping him succeed at summer camp, summer school, travel, or special interest programs means balancing his interests with conditions that make him comfortable. Ask yourself the following questions.
- What are my child’s assets and deficits?
- What conditions create comfort and, alternatively, what conditions generate anxiety?
- Does my child exhibit any behavioral, cognitive, or emotional patterns that might affect summer activity selection?
- What makes my child happy?
- What makes my child anxious and depressed?
Listen to Your Child
After you’ve done your soul-searching, begin a dialogue with your child. Open the discussion by asking:
- What would you like to do this summer?
- Is there a special activity or sport you would like to be involved with?
- Are there any school subjects you’d like to work on?
- How would you feel about sleeping away from home?
By starting early and involving your child in the plans for his summer, you can address his concerns as they arise. If you keep him informed of your progress, by the time summer activities have been finalized, your child should have the skills and confidence to understand and deal with new and changing situations.